Region 8 Deputy on Leave after Fatal Shooting

OCTOBER 13, 2006 - Posted at 7:44 a.m. CDT

QUITMAN, AR - Officials say a deputy sheriff in Cleburne County shot and killed a driver who fled when another law officer tried to pull him over for a burned out brake light.

Authorities say they found methamphetamine in the car of 31-year-old Archie Shane Pearce of Quitman.

The sheriff's department has not released the name of the deputy.

The driver led officers on a high-speed chase Wednesday night that ended in the crash of his car, a foot chase and the shooting.  The department says Pearce struggled when the deputy attempted to arrest him and the deputy shot Pearce.

State Police are investigating the shooting.  The deputy is on paid administrative leave, which is routine after a shooting.

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